Local politicians remember the late Judge Nathaniel Jones

Local politicians remember the late Nathaniel Jones.
Local politicians remember the late Nathaniel Jones.(The City of Cincinnati)
Updated: Jan. 26, 2020 at 11:40 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19/CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) -Local politicians stated their condolences on the late federal judge and Nathaniel Jones.

According to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jones died Sunday at the age of 93 after suffering from congestive heart failure at his home in East Walnut Hills, said his daughter Stephanie Jones.

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Mayor John Cranley said in a statement:

“Nathaniel Jones was one of the greatest civil rights leaders this nation has ever known, having worked with Thurgood Marshall during the Brown v Board case, desegregating countless schools and institutions as head of the NAACP legal defense fund, to helping South Africa come out of apartheid, to ensuring individual rights as a federal judge. To be in his presence was to be in the presence of greatness. Knowing him has been one of the greatest honors of my life. In 2001, he helped me write my first major piece of legislation, the city’s racial profiling ban—that’s the equivalent of getting hitting lessons from Hank Aaron. Among Salmon Chase, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Howard Taft and Fred Shuttlesworth, Nathaniel Jones was one of the five greatest Cincinnatians to have ever lived among us. Cincinnati and our country is a better place for his life. Rest In Peace.”

Former mayor Mark Mallory, on behalf of the Mallory family, wrote:

“Judge Nathaniel R. Jones was a great legal scholar and a confidant to our beloved William L. Mallory, Sr. He called Judge Jones to ask if he had a chance to file a lawsuit to change the way Judges are elected in Hamilton County. The historic lawsuit was successful and Judge Jones is a big part of that success. He gave an inspiring commencement speech at the law school graduation of Judge Dwane Mallory. He was a humble man who carried himself with great honor and distinction. He fought for democracy here in Cincinnati and all over the world. He had a unique relationship with the Mallory family and we will miss him. We send our prayers and condolences to the family of Judge Nathaniel R. Jones."

The NAACP says in 2016, Jones was selected by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to be a recipient of its 101st Spingarn Medal.

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